Tag Archives: PGI

Tomme de Savoie (PGI)

July 14, 2015

The Tomme de Savoie PGI is a type of distinguished semi-soft cheese produced in the French Alps and in parts of Switzerland according to a demanding set of criteria. In France, the majority of these cheeses are made in the départements from which they derive their name, Savoie, and Haute-Savoie thanks to the milk of […]

American gastronomes and connoisseurs of charcuterie no longer have to travel to France to delight in the world-famous Jambon de Bayonne (PGI), known in English as the Bayonne Ham. The maiden shipment of Delpeyrat’s artisan French hams arrived to the United States on the first of July. “It’s the first time we are selling the […]

French Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll, praised the historic step taken on May 21st in Geneva for the international protection of Geographical Indications. The 28 member states of the Lisbon Agreement decided by unanimity to extend the current international protection system of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO- also referred to as appellation d’origine controlée […]

The Guérande salt marshes and their history The Guérande salt marshes are located in southern Brittany, a region in north-west France, between the mouths of the rivers Loire and Vilaine, along the Atlantic Ocean. They form a very large wetland zone, stretching nearly 5,000 acres across 9 communes (French municipalities), from Guérande (in the south) […]

Mustard has been one of the symbols of the Burgundy region since Antiquity. In 2009, the “Mustard of Burgundy” received the “Protected Geographical Indication” designation (PGI). But what makes the “Mustard of Burgundy” so special? The Origin of Mustard The production of mustard started during Antiquity as an alternative to spices. At that time mustard […]

The Bergamot of Nancy is a slightly bitter, translucent golden candy that is flavored with essential bergamot oil. The bergamot fruit is a lime-orange hybrid that produces an oil used for candy, as well as cosmetics, and is mainly cultivated in the nurturing climates of Sicily and the Calabria region of southern Italy.   Bergamot […]

The Bayonne Ham (PGI)

May 6, 2015

A Culinary Heritage from the South East of France The Bayonne Ham is a thousand year-old tradition from the Adour river basin region. Famous French aristocrats –like Rabelais or the French king Henri IV – were very fond of this type of ham. Nowadays the Bayonne ham has a very good reputation all over Europe. […]

The Brioche Vendéenne is the most iconic variations of brioche. In fact, in 2004 it became the first baked good to obtain a Protected Geographic Indication (PGI). Only brioche made in the Vendée and its neighboring departments in central western France are therefore able to call their brioche “Vendéenne,” so long as the strict preparation […]

French “Gruyère” cheese obtained its  Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) designation on December, 4th 2012.. The cheese is milk-based cheese made in Savoie and Franche Comté (near the Alps mountains in eastern France). History of Gruyère: The method for making Gruyère cheese dates back to the Roman period in the north of Italy. From the 15th […]